Downloads Be Damned

My last installment discussed the recently reported death of HD DVD, which looses the psychological bonds of Blu-ray in the minds of consumers. Heck, even the amazing OPPO announced that they’ll cook up a truly universal player that includes Blu-ray support. But there’s trouble in River City, and those stinking downloads are to blame. :: As pundits […]

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DVD is Dead…

Hello Gentle Reader…You may have heard that, last Tuesday, Toshiba announced it bowed to its lameness, er, to market pressure and discontinued support for the HD DVD format. Just now, as I write this on Thursday, the Toshiba America web site still has the title “Laptops, HDTVs, HD DVD Players, Medical Imaging & More…” Looks like not […]

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Paging Mr. Schroeder

Mr. Manfred Schroeder, you are wanted at the psychoacoustics desk…I was rummaging through old papers in prep for my annual taxing visit, when I can upon an old receipt. It was from Sound Concepts, a now defunct hifi company in Brookline Massachusetts. The item, purchased back on 09/22/81, was a low cost “schroderizer.” What the heck is a schroderizer? […]

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Turn Me On…

For those of you who’ve been locked in the studio with your smokin’ install of Sound Designer, I have a new gadget for you. The rest of you, move away from the computer as this could be tedious… :: OK, say you have a few peripherals, like a RAID array and a HUI, as well […]

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A TLD By Any Other Name…

Hallo hoppy reader, Twenty five years ago, a fellow by the name of Paul V. Mockapetris came up with something called DNS, the Domain Name System, that underlies all those usually simple URLs that we rely on to get around the internet. Before DNS, if you wanted to get to this site, you’d have to […]

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(Almost) No bones about it

Well, the rain has departed for a time and the temperature is creeping toward the 60’s. The sea has calmed, and the sunset is peach and blueberry sherbet…Which really does not put me in a mood to add one last (promise) MacWorld installment. :: This last go round wasn’t as rich a treasure trove of schwag […]

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Put Another Nickel In

Well, fellow Americans, it’s Super Tuesday. Here in California, I’m waiting to see what effect my visit to the Log Cabin, my local poling place, will have on our nation’s future. The polls closed less than an hour ago and, from the look of it, it will be an interesting election. On to today’s topic… :: Several […]

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Organics, Edible and Otherwise

Saturday turned almost sunny so I headed out to run some errands. In particular, I wanted to hit the Queen of Sheba, a nice market selling halal meat. On the way, I happened upon the local Tet or Viet New Year’s festival. This is a Rat year which had little to do with my need for […]

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Can you spell…CONSOLIDATION?

Hello all, just got word that Amazon will purchase Audible.com for $300M. According to Amazon’s site, “Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL)…The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the second quarter of 2008.”:: This, along with […]

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